Best Inspirational Teacher Quotes

A list of the best inspirational teacher quotes to inspire you and help you get through your day, or help you give thanks to that special teacher in your life.

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” 


“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”

 Leonardo da Vinci

“The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Dr. Seuss

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”

 Henry Adams

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” 

Albert Einstein

“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.”

 Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers)

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”

Malala Yousafzai

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.”

Khalil Gibran

“Wherever you find something extraordinary, you’ll find the fingerprints of a great teacher.”

Arne Duncan

“The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-trust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciples.” 

Amos Bronson Alcott

“Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the Earth.” 

Helen Caldicott, Physician and Author

“I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. It might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.”

John Steinbeck

“It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.”

Unknown author

“I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand.”

Chinese Proverb

“Be a wonderful role model because you will be the window through which many children will see their future.” 

Thomas Mckinnon

“Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.” 

Andy Rooney

Best Inspirational Teacher Quotes for Teachers Day

Don’t forget to give thanks to that special teacher in your life on National Teacher Day. Mark it on your calendar: May 4. Be sure to celebrate your past and current teachers, or to celebrate yourself, on the first Tuesday of the first full week of May.

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Ingrid Maria Pimsner, MA, BA, TEFL
Ingrid Maria Pimsner, MA, BA, TEFL

Ingrid Maria Pimsner has been teaching for over a decade in various universities, nonprofits, and private academies. She has taught English as a Second Language for Lutheran Children & Family Service, Nationalities Service Center, Lernstudio Barbarossa Berlin-Tegel, and more. In addition to her Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certification, she holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a MA from Maryland Institute College of Art.